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Clear and Present Danger | [Tom Clancy]

Clear and Present Danger

Colombian drug lords, bored with Uncle Sam's hectoring, assassinate the head of the FBI. The message is clear: Bug off! At what point do these druggies threaten national security? When can a nation act against its enemies? These are questions Jack Ryan must answer because someone has quietly stepped over the line.
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Publisher's Summary

Colombian drug lords, bored with Uncle Sam's hectoring, assassinate the head of the FBI. The message is clear: Bug off!

At what point do these druggies threaten national security? When can a nation act against its enemies? These are questions Jack Ryan must answer because someone has quietly stepped over the line.

Does anyone know who the real enemy is? How much action is too much? Which lines have been crossed? Ryan and his "dark side", a shadowy field officer known only as Mr. Clark, are charged with finding out. They expect danger from without... but the danger from within may be the greatest of all.

Take another thrill ride with Jack Ryan.

©1990 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Random House

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    T. Heidner 01-07-11
    T. Heidner 01-07-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Terrific Book. Much better Narrator"

    Tom Clancy does it again. The book kept my attention throughout and was hard to put down. Michael Prichard does a great job on this reproduction of the book. Unlike the other reading by J. Charles, Prichard is easy to understand and reads at an understandable rate. I can only hope that he narrates some of the other books.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Sandee Marble Falls, TX, United States 05-14-12
    Sandee Marble Falls, TX, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Sitting on th the Edge of your seat!"
    Would you listen to Clear and Present Danger again? Why?

    Yes and the reason is, it is so detailed there are so many things you can miss the first time through.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In the Jack Ryan series I always likeJack Ryan, but I also liked Mr.Clark and Mr. Chavez. the parts they play are very intense.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, Much the same. He is a very fitting narrator for the Jack Ryan series.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the helicopter landed on the small boat out in the middle of the ocean during the hurricane to bring the surviving men to safety.


    Any additional comments?

    I always enjoy the Tom Clancy books and especially the Jack Ryan series. I just really enjoy his personality.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 10-23-14
    Thomas 10-23-14
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    "A sophisticated story badly narrated."

    The story is constructed on several different layers and by itself needs a lot of concentration.
    Cut over between mini chapters are hard to recognize as the narrator speaks in a very boring tone. I had to rewind very often to catch the change of scenes. When reading a book you have a visible break whereas in an audiobook the narrator should ensure this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ralph Milford, MA, United States 04-08-13
    Ralph Milford, MA, United States 04-08-13 Member Since 2012

    Audio books help me get through my commute, and my household chores.

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    "Jack Ryan: the thinking person's James Bond"

    Preface: I have been a fan of Tom Clancy novels long before I started audiobooks. I love the jargon, the level of detail, the technology described so completely. I like the military, political and even the personal intrigue. Also, as you might guess from the review headline, I think Jack Ryan makes a great hero character.

    This is a fine story about America's attempt to use a covert military operation to stem the drug trade from Columbia, an action sanctioned by the president during an election year. The political infighting is fascinating - a study in personal gain, leverage, and back-stabbing. The operation itself is described with an enormous amount of detail, from the planning, supplies, strategy, tactics, and of course, weapons. Great stuff, if you're into it.

    The narrator, Michael Prichard, was competent, but undistinguished. Many of his "voices" sound very similar, and at times it's difficult to keep track of which character is speaking, especially in a 3-way "conversation". Still, he is easy to understand and his pacing and pronunciation were very good. Still he's not as good as some other narrators.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gil Plymouth, PA, United States 05-10-12
    Gil Plymouth, PA, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2011

    audio books are Theater of the Mind when done right. They lift words from a page written by an author and transport you into another world

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    "The Master at his finest"
    Where does Clear and Present Danger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is not only one of the best audio books, It is one of Tom Clancy's Best. I have read this book and now have listened to it many many many years after I read it and Michael Prichard really did a nice job with this one.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes This Plot has so many twists to it just Like Tom always brings to his works


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Mr.Clark walking right up to the truck and taking matters into his own hands to help out members of his team.


    Any additional comments?

    Tom Clancy's Ryan series is one of the best series ever created.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Allan 08-05-14
    Allan 08-05-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Started Slow but got there in the end"
    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I can't put my finger on why this story seems to start slow. The narration at the beginning did not grab, but by the end the narration was more on point.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The story started slow, but I was determined to continue. I can remember reading the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and almost stopped listening because of the minutiae at the start; and if I had stopped, I would not had the pleasure of that great masterpiece. In about the 2 hour mark, the story did get more intriguing and the character development of Mr. Clark and Chavez started to take shape. Jack Ryan is not the main character in this book and his role is more Inspector Clouseau than Jack Ryan.


    Any additional comments?

    I decided to start the Jack Ryan series from the start and listen to them in order. As an Audible member since 2001, I had purchased a few of the books early in the series that were abridged, and found the stories disjointed. So I had stopped listening to Clancy. I have since upgraded all books to unabridged and what a difference it makes to the stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kara Davis Orem, UT United States 06-05-14
    Kara Davis Orem, UT United States 06-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A good solid Clancy book, good narration"
    What did you love best about Clear and Present Danger?

    The plot was involved and the characters were interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the intrigue with the Navy and the local cops.


    What does Michael Prichard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration is competent but not my favorite. It doesn't distract from the story but he seems a bit stuffy at times. Definitely not among the worst I've heard but not among the best either.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Newport News, VA, United States 02-27-13
    Daniel Newport News, VA, United States 02-27-13
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    "Tom Clancy at his best."
    If you could sum up Clear and Present Danger in three words, what would they be?

    Though sometimes offering details of inconsequental characters that seem like filler, the story IS awesome! I've seen it written that Michael Prichard is the voice of Tom Clancy and this is definitely accurate. I have had try to get past the performances of some readers but Michael's readings are not over-acted and sound intelligent. The story itself is well-written and very entertaining. Very much worth your time if you like the genre.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jon 02-25-13
    Jon 02-25-13
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    "Great book, Great story, just boring at times..."
    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a fine job of reading this book, I loved the plot and the story. It just sometimes had very dry content. I am a reader who never has bought an abridged version of any book, but I almost would for this one. Again I loved the story, characters and the narration, it was a great book and I would recommend it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas LEWISTON, IDAHO, United States 03-18-12
    Thomas LEWISTON, IDAHO, United States 03-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Another great book by Tom Clancy"

    This is another great book by Tom Clancy, even though Hollywood made a hash of the movie. There were 2 options available to me from Audible when I picked out this selection not counting any abridged versions that might be available. I don't do abridged. I chose Michael Prichard as narrator over J. Charles because for some inexplicable reason J. Charles uses the stupidest accents when he reads a Tom Clancy book. Check out The Hunt for Red October. Unfortunately Prichard did a pretty poor job on this book although that might not be entirely his fault. I don't know how they do audio books, that is to say I don't know if the narrator is given a copy of the book to read from or if the narrator reads of something that was copied directly from the book. If the former then the fault lies completely with Michael Prichard, if the later then the majority of the fault lies with who ever copied the text for him to read. What I'm talking about specifically are a few places where the incorrect word was read onto the recording. One such case was when instead of the racketeering and corrupt organizations act he read the racketeering and corporate organizations act. Even if Mister Prichard was reading that off something that someone else had prepared he should have been able to catch that just by the context. Other that a few screw ups like that it was a decent performance of a great book. Since I've heard the J. Charles version I think I can say that mistakes and all I got the better of the two. One of the things that I find remarkable is the consistency from book to book. The thing that makes that remarkable to me is the fact that while this was the 4th book of this series to come out it is actually 6th in order of the overall story. So while there are a few inconsistencies, there are only a few.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sarah
    1/15/11
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    "For me better than the film"

    Clancys books are long and complicated with much scene interchanging and I wondered how they would transfer to audio. In my opinion its not a bad job. I enjoyed it and I think Clancys plot line is better judged than the edits they made to publish the film. I was not disappointed by the narrator (who for me was neutral not droning, I dont think I could have stood it if the narrator had been 'dramatic') and I like my purchases to be as long as possible :-) For me good bang for the buck.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • lima
    2/23/11
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    "Great Audio Book"

    It was with some trepidation that I downloaded this book. It's a very long book and I was worried that it would be over complicated and 'waffly'. On the contrary it's very easy to follow. It is obviously well researched and does give a lot of background detail, but this adds to the plot rather than detracts from it. It's a very fluid story that draws you in to the narrative and doesn't want to let you go.
    The narration is good, fairly neutral but with voice acting thats sufficient to differentiate between the characters.
    It certainly did not seem overly long, I was just sorry when I'd finished it. A really great story, highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C. Wright
    Glasgow
    1/13/11
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    "30 Hours of droning"

    Having seen the film I was keen to listen to this audiobook. I suspect the story would be good but I only managed around 40 minutes listening to the irritating narration. The narrator, Michael Prichard has a tendency to pause often and for too long. It sounds like he can't be bothered and simply drones on for 30 hours. I wonder if a different narrator could have cut the length down to under 20 hours. I had hoped to get all of the Tom Clancy unabridged audiobooks but I couldn't stand it if they are all read by Prichard.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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